This is true to a certain extent, and always has been. But the common carriers (UPS and FedEx) made a big change in policy last year. Now, all packages (used to be only those over 3 cu. ft.) ship using dimension weight. The size of the box determines the weight, not the actual weight (unless it happens to be more than the dim weight). I recently shipped an air rifle to WV, inside a cheap Plano hard case and that inside a box. It weighed 18 pounds, but it shipped as 43 pounds, because of the size of the box.
I'm well aware, I work in the industry, you'd be shocked at how some sellers mark up shipping.
I am shocked, and always have been (even before dim weight weighed in). I generally have a pretty good idea how much it *should* cost to ship something. And I have always tended to avoid those sellers whenever possible.
|Hop head |
I have a somewhat small business on the side,
fully aware of shipping cost, as far as a seller,
boxes (use mostly free USPS boxes)
packing foam etc
paper for labels
ink or toner
gas to the post office or ups hub in I need to run
most importantly , time,
however that is usually part of your profit, not necessarily a separate charge to the buyer,
I list shipping , usually actual unless it fits in a flat rate box, as a round number, as in I round up to the nearest dollar,
that may make me a nickel, or may make me 95 cents,
that's my handling fee,
exception is stuff on ebay, since the shipping program they have will not add insurance when a customer pays, I will and charge a dollar or 2 handling to cover,
we are all subsidizing Amazon
|quarter MOA visionary|
Sometimes it is just ineffective to ship some items.
You just have to shop around to come up with the right item or right combination (minimum order size, etc) to make it work.
Sellers need to make money too.
I never blame someone for trying to make a profit.
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